For a Colonial Coastal whole home remodel we completed recently, a finishing touch was the addition of a red front door. This striking entryway welcomes the homeowners‘ frequent summer guests to their stunning coast side home with memorable style. Our professional design team loved the clean, bold look of this entryway and we were inspired to explore some of the symbolic meanings of a red front door. Worldwide, the red front door has a history of positive symbolism related to welcoming visitors, luck, protection and good fortune.
Early American: In early American times, a red front door was a sign of a safe haven. If a home had a red front door, tired travelers journeying on horseback knew they would be welcomed to stop there and spend the night or rest.
Feng Shui: In Feng Shui, the front door is known as the “Mouth of Chi” where energy enters. To paint your door red welcomes people into your home and encourages good luck to enter.
Scottish: In Scotland, a red front door red once signified that the homeowners had paid off their mortgage.
Religious: In biblical times, many churches painted their doors red as protection from evil.
While it’s interesting to know that a red door possesses enduring tradition and symbolism, what really matters is if the color speaks to you and works with the style of your whole home remodel. Working with an expert design build team you can determine what most inspires you and creates an environment that is uniquely yours!